Psychometric Function Estimation


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Let’s start with psychometric functions as an example. The goal of the function is to figure out whether a subject can perceive a signal with varying levels of magnitude. The function has one design variable for the intensity of a stimulus, \(x\); the model has four model parameters: guess rate \(\gamma\), lapse rate \(\delta\), threshold \(\alpha\), and slope \(\beta\).


A simple diagram for the Psychometric function.

In this example, let’s use the logistic function for the model’s shape. Then, the model can compute the probability of a subject to perceive the given stimulus with the following equation:

\[\Psi(x \mid \alpha, \beta, \gamma, \delta) = \gamma + (1 - \gamma - \delta) \; \sigma\big( \beta (x - \alpha) \big) \quad \text{where } \sigma(x) = \frac{1}{1 + e^{-x}}\]

For this example, let’s assume the true parameters as \(\gamma = 0.5\), \(\delta = 0.04\), \(\alpha = 20\), and \(\beta = 1.5\).

# Define true parameters
GR_TRUE = 0.5
LR_TRUE = 0.04
TH_TRUE = 20
SL_TRUE = 1.5

Preparing grids

To make grids for designs and parameters, you should define two dictionaries that contain singles grids for all designs and all parameters, respectively. In this example, we will fix the guess_rate to 0.5 and lapse_rate to 0.04.

import numpy as np

designs = {
    'stimulus': np.linspace(20 * np.log10(.05), 20 * np.log10(400), 120)

params = {
    'guess_rate': [0.5],
    'lapse_rate': [0.04],
    'threshold': np.linspace(20 * np.log10(.1), 20 * np.log10(200), 200),
    'slope': np.linspace(0, 10, 200)

Using pre-defined classes

To use the predefined classes for specific task and models, you can use it with adopy.tasks.<task_name>, e.g., adopy.tasks.psi.

from adopy.tasks.psi import ModelLogistic, EnginePsi

model = ModelLogistic()
engine = EnginePsi(model=model, designs=designs, params=params)

Using compute() method of the model instance, you can compute the probability for a subject to succeed to perceive a signal.

model.compute(stimulus=10, guess_rate=0.5, lapse_rate=0.04,
              threshold=10, slope=0.5)
from scipy.stats import bernoulli

p_obs = model.compute(stimulus=d_opt['stimulus'],
                      guess_rate=gr_true, lapse_rate=lr_true,
                      threshold=th_true, slope=sl_true)
y_obs = bernoulli.rvs(p_obs)
d_opt = e.get_design()

Using self-defined classes

Instead of using pre-defined classes, they can be implemented as Task and Model objects by the codes below:

import numpy as np
from adopy import Task, Model

task_psi = Task(name='Psi', key='psi', design=['stimulus'])

def inv_logit(x):
    return np.divide(1, 1 + np.exp(-x))

def func_logistic(stimulus, guess_rate, lapse_rate, threshold, slope):
    return guess_rate + (1 - guess_rate - lapse_rate) * inv_logit(slope * (stimulus - threshold))

model_log = Model(name='Logistic', task=task_psi,
                  param=['guess_rate', 'lapse_rate', 'threshold', 'slope'],

Then, you can compute the probability using compute method in the model object.

print(model_log.compute(stimulus=10, guess_rate=0.5, lapse_rate=0.04, threshold=10, slope=0.5))
print(model_log.compute(stimulus=15, guess_rate=0.5, lapse_rate=0.04, threshold=10, slope=0.5))
print(model_log.compute(stimulus=5, guess_rate=0.5, lapse_rate=0.04, threshold=10, slope=0.5))

Now, if you want to use an ADO engine for the task and the model,

from adopy import Engine

engine_psi = Engine(task=task_psi, model=model_log,
                    designs=designs, params=params, y_obs=[0, 1])

With the Engine instance, you can get the optimal design:

d_opt = engine_psi.get_design()

Assuming \(\gamma = 0.5\), \(\delta = 0.04\), \(\alpha = 20\) and \(\beta = 1.5\), you can get the probability of perceiving the stimulus with model_log.compute.

from scipy.stats import bernoulli

p_obs = model_log.compute(stimulus=d_opt['stimulus'], guess_rate=gr_true, lapse_rate=lr_true,
                          threshold=th_true, slope=sl_true)
y_obs = bernoulli.rvs(p_obs)

Lastly, using the optimal design and the corresponding response, the Engine instance can update its posterior distributions on parameters.

engine_psi.update(d_opt, y_obs)